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One Killed, One Injured in Cordell Shooting

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says two people were shot in Cordell early this morning. OSBI spokesperson Jessica Brown says one person is dead and another is hospitalized as a result of the incident in the 400 block of South Market Street.

"When officers got out there they discovered a woman by the name of Tammi Thomas, 36-years-old, is the woman who lived there," Brown said. "She had been shot as well as her 14-year-old son. Both were taken to a hospital. She died a few hours later. The 14-year-old is in critical condition with at least two gunshot wounds." 

Brown says OSBI is searching for a suspect. Currently, there is not a motive for the shooting.

 

Clinton Man Bound Over for Arraignment

 

Formal arraignment will be August 21st in Custer County District Court for a Clinton man. 18 year old Frank Hart was bound over yesterday on allegations of murder in the first degree while eluding an officer and knowingly concealing stolen property. Hart was allegedly eluding police on icy Clinton city streets in January when he crashed into a large tree, killing 31 year old William Sankey of Hammon, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

 

Hise Reacts to Plan to Repeal ObamaCare

 

Cordell Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Landon Hise reacts to a proposed plan by Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to repeal most of ObamaCare with a two year delay to provide a stable transition. 

"It will definitely affect every healthcare provider in western Oklahoma," Hise said.

The Congressional Budget Office says they found that move would increase the number of uninsured by 18 million Americans the first year. By 2026, that number would be 32 million.

 

Weatherford Schools Facilities Update

 

Weatherford schools Superintendent Chad Wilson provided a facilities update to the Board of Education last night.

"Visitor stands at the football field are complete," Wilson said. "They look very good. We will now install a fence along with a couple of storage buildings underneath. The sub-floor at the high school gym is complete, and it does meet the specifications as required. We have given it several days to dry out, and I expect the crew to begin installing the actual floor within the next few days."

The district had to replace the gym floor after a sprinkler malfunctioned causing water damage last December.

 

Van & Jon interview Drew Barqsley

Texas man Drew Barqsley, who proposed at the Garth Brooks concert, was interviewed on The New Van & Jon show. They discuss Garth stopping the concert to interact with the couple, as well as Drew keeping the concert getaway a secret and his mindset going into and coming out of the big event!

Early Morning Robbery

NO INJURIES REPORTED WHEN A MAN WITH A GUN ENTERED THE WEATHERFORD MCDONALD'S FRIDAY AND DEMANDED MONEY SAYS POLICE DETECTIVE CHRIS COTE.

 

DETECTIVE COTE SAYS THE MAN LEFT THE STORE WITHOUT ANY MONEY AFTER THE MANAGER TOLD HIM SHE COULD NOT OPEN THE SAFE NOR HAD ACCESS TO THE CASH REGISTER.

Weatherford Commission to Put Sales Tax Question to Voters

 

Voters in the City of Weatherford will be asked in September to support a half cent sales tax increase for infrastructure. The commission approved a resolution to put the ballot question before voters. Commissioner Warren Goldmann asked for wording in the resolution to be tweaked.

"I didn't like the wording where it says, 'infrastructure improvements benefitting the city,'" Goldmann said. "I'd like it to say, 'for the city.'" 

Commissioners approved the resolution with the wording change. Passage of the sales tax will allow the city to make improvements to Lyle Road.

 

Area ODOT Projects Delayed

 

Five projects in Division 5 of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation that had been planned for Fiscal Year 2017 have been moved to Fiscal Year 2018. Division 5 Engineer Brent Almquist says two of those projects are located in Custer and Dewey counties.

Almquist says one project is widening the shoulders to eight feet on State Highway 54 from the State Highway 33 junction south nearly five miles. He says it's a nearly a $5.34 million project. Almquist says the project at US 270 at the Canton Y junction with State Highway 51 is an $11 million project which will also likely slide into 2018. 

Almquist says of the three remaining projects, two of them are in the Hollis area, the other is near Cheyenne.

 

Cordell Memorial Hospital Names Downs COO

 

Cordell Memorial Hospital has a new Chief Operating Officer. Kenny Downs has worked for CMH since June 2015 when he retired from education. In his new role, Downs will oversee daily operations of the hospital, including staffing and operation, maintenance of the physicial plant and the affiliated clinics of the hospital.

 

Unemployment Rates Fall Across Western Oklahoma

 

Unemployment rates in Oklahoma for the month of May improved over the year for most counties. Locally, Custer County fell a full one percent from 4.9% to 3.9%. Beckham County is at 4.9% after an 8.4% showing a year ago. Dewey County has the 4th lowest jobless rate in the state at 3.1%. Washita County is at 5.4% down from 7.6% this time last year.